1.10. Deputy Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam

Chủ nhật - 12/05/2019 05:31
H.E. Pham Binh Minh


For UN Vesak Day 2019

On the occasion of the 2019 United Nations Day of Vesak and organized at the International Buddhist Conference Center Tam Chúc, Hà Nam, Vit Nam from 12-14 May 2019, I respectfully send to all officials, monastics, lay Buddhists and distinguished guests my best congratulations in friendship and cooperation.

I believe that the Vietnamese people, who value religious life and have a tradition of tolerance among religions, will be very happy to greet the UN Day of Vesak being organized for the third time in Vietnam. The UN Day of Vesak is not only an important event in religious life with many religions in Vietnam but also a source of great pride for all Buddhists and the Vietnamese people to organize an important event of Buddhism, a religion that has always accompanied the Vietnamese people through several millennia.

The Day of Vesak, an important event recognized by the United Nations, celebrates the birth, enlightenment and passing of the Buddha and is an occasion for us to think and expound the sublime and humanistic ideas of Buddhism, especially the spirit of tolerance, altruism, harmony and peace. Through several thousands of years, such ideas continue to retain their values, enriching the cultural and ethical values of peoples throughout the world, including the Vietnamese people.

The main theme of Vesak this year “Buddhist Approach to Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for a Sustainable Societyis very meaningful, realizing the expectations of Buddhism today and spreading the fundamental values of Buddhism in contributing to the solution of grand challenges facing us from conflict, inequality, strong technological revolution and climate change.

The Day of Vesak is a place connecting spiritualism, progressive ideas and enriching the peace culture for all humanity. I am confident


that the discussions within the confines of the Celebration will have good results, solidifying friendship and cooperation among different peoples and cultures and bringing together the good values of Buddhism for daily life. I also wish all Buddhists and the Vietnamese people to continue further developing the superior ideas of Buddhism, thereby enriching the traditional culture of Vietnam and contributing to the building of a beautiful, peaceful and sustainable Vietnam.

May the 2019 Day of Vesak, be a wonderful success and I wish all monastics, lay Buddhists and distinguished guests attending the celebration good health, happiness and peace.

Deputy Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam,
H.E. Pham Binh Minh

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